Showing posts with label denim jacket. Show all posts
Showing posts with label denim jacket. Show all posts

Friday, 13 October 2017

Printed Dresses and Ankle Boots for Spring with Neon Pink Mini MAC Bag

Even though we had a pretty mild winter, it's always exciting to start wearing dresses with bare legs again. When it's the start of spring and still a little cooler, ankle boots are an essential.

My neon pink Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag is a cute and colourful accessory, but I don't just reserve it for spring, it works brilliantly year-round.

What I wore:

aztec print back dress, ankle boots, denim jacket pink cross body bag for spring | Away From Blue

neon pink rebecca minkoff mini MAC bag with little black dress | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue isntagram little black dress denim jacket and ankle boots for spring with pink bag
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
Dress: Kmart Aztec print tiered little black dress
ShoesRMK Chester black ankle boots
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs pearl, howlite and hematite beaded bracelets
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC

Why I wore it:

The style challenge for the day was pretty in pink, which made the pink accessories an obvious choice. I love how the neon pink mini MAC looks with the little black dress too. It's funny, I was in Kmart the other day and saw that they have this same style dress in pink now. I still think this black dress will work nicely in spring and summer, but if you want something a little brighter for spring definitely check it out!

Wearing the denim jacket with the dress is one of the outfit combinations I thought of when I first bought this dress. I have so many outfit ideas still, definitely a good buy.

I just wore this to work from home and do the daycare drop off and pick up, but I added the teething necklace anyway. While I wasn't around the boys during the day, I love the colours of this necklace with the mini MAC bag, and the colour it adds to the black dress.


Last worn: denim jacket, black tiered dress, black ankle boots, neon pink mini MAC.

Other ways to wear: denim jacket worn 30 waysblack tiered dress worn two ways, black ankle boots in the office, neon pink mini MAC and denim shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: denim jacket and hidden first trimester bump, ankle boots and pregnancy announcement.



Ankle Boots Under $50:







What I wore:

navy stripe tee dress for spring with Chelsea leather ankle boots neon pink mini MAC | AwayFromBlue

navy stripe dress with cobalt bracelet and neon pink Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue instagram spring stripe tee dress and ankle boots pink mini MAC
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Feather pendant in peach (C/O)
DressAtmos&Here navy stripe tee dress
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
Bracelets: the usual plus House of Harlow sunburst wrap bracelet in cobalt
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC

Why I wore it:

A warmer spring day so the extra layer of a denim jacket needed above wasn't necessary. Still good to have ankle boots on though, and the long sleeves of this dress came in handy. I felt this dress was due another wear. One of my favourite pieces a few years back, it's been neglected recently as it was boxed away during pregnancy and breastfeeding. With the thick fabric and longer sleeves, there might not be many more opportunities to wear it again this year so I took the chance while I could. This time I wore it is still one of my favourite outfits ever.

Was a busy morning, errands, groceries and taking toddler T for a haircut before going out for lunch followed by dinner at the inlaws in the evening. I ended up using my Ergo baby carrier in the backwards position so that I could back carry Baby Boy and still wear my bag easily without it slipping off my shoulder. I'm thrilled to have a new way to babywear after learning at the ABA mum's group recently.

Much like the dress, this cobalt bracelet hasn't been worn a lot recently. Last time was when I was pregnant! I didn't overly accessorise while Baby Boy was little, but now that the boys are getting bigger it's nice to pick out some extra bracelets to wear. Although teething necklaces are still the safest and most practical neckwear option to wear around the toddlers!


Last worn: navy stripe tee dress, Chelsea leather ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff pink mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearnavy stripe tee dress in winter, Chelsea leather ankle boots and burgundy pants, Rebecca Minkoff pink mini MAC and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancy: stripe dress and second trimester bump, Chelsea ankle boots and chambray in second trimester.



Printed Dresses For Spring Under $50:








How You can Wear It:


Dresses and ankle boots is such a simple and quick outfit idea for spring. It works just as well in autumn too, although as the weather cools you may need to add an extra layer like a denim jacket or even tights.


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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Maxi Dresses in Spring and Steam Train Sunday

Maxi dresses are such an easy outfit - extremely comfortable, very little thought required, but they still look like you put some effort into what you're wearing.

After having lost my voice a few weeks back and feeling a bit under the weather, but with a busy weekend ahead, I pulled out more maxi dresses. I really wanted to stay in bed in my pyjamas, but this was the next best thing!

What I wore:

black maxi dress with denim jacket spring SHAM style birthday party outfit | AwayFromBlue

Roie Design and Yondale and Tiffany Bracelet Stack with black maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | AwayFromTheBlue
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
Dressblack Jeanswest halterneck maxi dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs pearl, howlite and hematite beaded bracelets
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

After a tough day the day before which involved only being able to whisper despite having two energetic and mischievous toddlers, I contemplated cancelling our plans on Saturday. With a first birthday party and leaving party to attend though I knew I couldn't let the boys miss out. Knowing I wasn't contagious, it didn't feel right not letting the boys spend time with their friends. It was quite a sad farewell, one of my friends is moving away and our children have grown up together, her two girls are similar ages to my two boys.

I like maxi dresses and denim jackets together, especially for spring, so I repeated the outfit formula again. The colorful silicone teething necklace broke up the monochrome outfit a bit and was just enough of a pop with the black maxi dress and silver bag and ballet flats.


Last worn: denim jacket, black maxi dress, bow detail flats, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC.

Other ways to wear: denim jacket worn 30 waysblack maxi dress and kimono, bow detail flats and wrap dress, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC.

Perfect for pregnancy: denim jacket and third trimester bump, maxi dress in second trimester, mini MAC in third trimester.



Rebecca Minkoff Metallic Mini MAC Bags:







What I wore:

pink maxi dress for spring steam train sunday silver mini MAC grey cardi scarf as belt | Away From Blue

pink maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | Away From THe Blue
Jacket: Paper Scissors grey wrap cardigan
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace (C/O)
DressMEV Havana maxi dress C/O Zibibo
Beltblue Coach twilly scarf
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

I was upset to be feeling unwell on this day as we had been looking forward to it for months! Toddler T loves trains but has never actually been on one. We decided to take him along to Steam Train Sunday as a surprise. I've included a little video below. The train does a loop around the city for about an hour, and he loved every bit of it!

We got there early to the station to watch the train come in and he was so excited, especially when we said he could go for a ride on it. It's definitely worth it if you're in Brisbane! You get to walk around the train carriage, between the carriages, and to talk to some of the staff who can tell you more about the train and the history. Fun way to spend a morning, and toddler T spent quite a few days afterwards telling everyone about his trip!





Again I wanted something easy, but also to get a little dressed up as it was a big family day out. This trusty pink maxi dress was a good solution. I tend to wear it pretty similarly every time now, so I tried something a little different with the blue Coach silk scarf as a belt instead of my usual Louis Vuitton bandeau. While I liked the colour combination of this, I did find this scarf slid around a lot more than my bandeau and I don't think I'll pair these pieces together again.

One thing to note with steam train Sunday is the soot. We were nearer the middle of the train and had the window open all the time. With trips out onto the walkway between the carriages as well, we did get a little sooty. Nothing a quick bath couldn't clear up afterwards though.


Last worn: grey cardigan, Coach silk scarf, Mothers En Vogue maxi dress, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC (above).

Other ways to weargrey cardigan and skinny jeans, Coach silk scarf tied on a bag, Mothers En Vogue maxi dress for dinner with friends, black ballet flats and wrap dress, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC and printed jeans.

Perfect for pregnancy: maxi dress at 39 weeksblack ballet flats and maternity pencil skirtmini MAC disguising an early second trimester bump.



Maxi Dresses Under $50:








How You Can Wear It:


Maxi dresses are instant outfits. If it's a little cooler, add a simple layer like a denim jacket or a neutral cardigan. While it takes very little effort, a maxi dress looks pulled together enough for a party and casual enough for a trip on the train.



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Monday, 2 October 2017

30 Ways to Wear a Classic Denim Jacket: #30Wears Series

First up, #noSpenderSeptember was achieved - nothing spent on fashion purchases last month! I did attempt a shopping trip but a minor accident derailed my plans. So no new purchases to report.



10 months into my #30wears challenge, and I've still worn very few items of clothing 30 times. I was sure by now I'd have a few dresses, maybe some tops that I'd hit 30 wears on, especially after not shopping for 7 months, but it's been mostly accessories like bags and shoes.

If you look at the maths behind 30 wears (this post has an amazing breakdown of it) I'd have to wear something every other week for 14 months to hit 30 wears on it. And I don't wear things that often, unless we are talking accessories. I'm still keeping up with my challenge, but I think I'm going to have to start wearing some favourites more frequently to hit 30 wears. Pieces I think I've worn a lot seem to only be around 12-15 wears. It's definitely an eye-opening challenge for me, making me realise just how much I have in my wardrobe already and how little I've worn even my favourite pieces.


A denim jacket is a classic piece most people have in their wardrobe so it's no surprise I've hit more than 30 wears with it! As it's spring I thought now was a good time to feature 30 ways to wear a denim jacket.





#30Wears: Classic Blue Denim Jacket


This jacket is one of the old pieces in my wardrobe. I remember where I bought it and who I was with (my sister) but not when exactly I bought it. Something I've easily worn more than 30 times as I've had it at least 10 years, and I've only been blogging for almost 6 years.



Denim Jacket in a Double Denim Outfit


double denim with denim jacket and colourful skinny jeans converse | Away From Blue

denim jacket and black jeans and shorts: double denim SAHM style | Away From The Blue

I find double denim tricky to wear. When I was younger I wore similar denim jackets and jeans together for a double denim look without thinking twice about it! Now though, I find it a little harder to pull off. Probably after that famous double denim moment. I even had a denim bag! Not as embellished as Britneys, but it was my favourite bag for a while.

The standard advice for an easy double denim look now is to wear different shades or washes together. I take that a step further and like to wear my denim jacket with completely different coloured jeans. I love my blue denim jacket with my red or purple skinny jeans. Black is another good colour too, for an easy double denim look without looking like you tried too hard.



Denim Jacket and Dresses


Printed dresses in spring with denim jacket 5 ways to wear | AwayFromTheBlue

This is a go-to spring and autumn outfit for me. For those days where it's just a little cooler and you need an extra layer so you're warmer in the cold mornings or evenings, a denim jacket is perfect. It's nice having a plain layer like this to wear with printed dresses too - you don't have to worry about clashing prints or colours, as blue denim goes with everything!



Denim Jacket and Maxi Dresses


denim jacket and colourful maxi dresses autumn and spring layers  ways to wear | away from blue

printed maxi dresses and denim jacket 4 ways to wear spring SAHM outfit ideas | AwayFromBlue

I felt this was worth calling out separately from the other dresses above. A denim jacket works with maxi dresses for many different reasons:

  • a sleeveless summer maxi dress you want to add a warmer layer to to get more wear over spring and autumn,
  • a spaghetti strap maxi dresses you want to cover up in a formal setting like church, a denim jacket is perfect.
  • to make a more formal maxi dress look more casual.

When I need to make a maxi dress work for a cooler day, a denim jacket is my first go-to, and I can even add a scarf if it's really chilly. I like maxi dresses and leather jackets together, but a denim jacket is my favourite way to layer with a maxi dress.



Denim Jacket and Maxi Skirts


Denim jackets and striped maxi skirts easy spring outfits | Away From The Blue

4 ways to wear maxi skirt and denim jacket outfit ideas | AwayFromBlue blog

Just like above with the maxi dresses, I find a denim jacket works really nicely with maxi skirts. It's a good way to make your maxi skirts work for cooler weather, when you just need a little extra layer on a cool spring or autumn day. Although maxi skirts are perfect in warmer months and ideal for summer, you can easily layer them up a little to work for the rest of the year.



Denim Jacket in Pregnancy


denim jacket with a baby bump: easy pregnancy style | Away From The Blue Blog

As I usually wear my denim jacket unbuttoned, it still worked perfectly in pregnancy. Having it unbuttoned left plenty of room for a growing baby bump, and it was just the right layer for a pregnancy over autumn. It was nice to have some non-maternity pieces to wear during pregnancy to help me feel more like myself, and a denim jacket unbuttoned is a piece that works in all three trimesters. You can get more pregnancy outfit tips in my book, Stylish pregnancy on a Budget.



Denim Jackets Under $50:





Want more outfit ideas? Check out the 40+ ways to wear a denim jacket in the blog archives.


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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Red Printed Maxi Skirt with Blue Tees and Denim Jacket

I'm really thrilled with this $3 maxi skirt I found in the opshop in August at the end of my 7 months without shopping. The red print pairs so beautifully with blue that I've worn it with blue tees twice since I got it, despite thinking of neutral pieces to wear it with when I first saw it. It resulted in these two similar outfits below, which I made a little different with accessories.

What I wore:

denim jacket, boho red Billabong printed maxi skirt navy tee silver bag | Away From Blue

Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | Away From The Blue

away from blue instagram navy tee red boho printed Billabong maxi skirt denim jacket
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
NecklaceUniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TeeAtmos & Here Avery marle tee in navy
Skirt: thrifted Billabong red printed maxi skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Wore this on a day where I wasn't feeling the best. I'd lost my voice at work the day before, but with a very busy weekend ahead I had to run a few errands and take baby boy for his no longer weekly but still very often weigh session.

I regretted my decision to go out when toddler T ran away to see something in the shopping centre as we came out of Woolies and I could only whisper at him to come back, not very effective!

This was an easy and comfortable outfit though and I did enjoy wearing it. Silver accessories were a failsafe choice. I like wearing this metallic silver mini MAC and the silver ballet flats with colourful outfits as they go with anything. Last time I wore this tee I wasn't feeling great either - it's such a good choice when I just want comfort!


Last worn: denim jacket, navy marle tee, red printed maxi skirt, silver ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC.

Other ways to wear: denim jacket and purple jeans, navy marle tee and flares, red printed maxi skirt and leather jacket, silver ballet flats and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC and denim shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: denim jacket in third trimester, mini MAC in second trimester.



Denim Jackets Under $50:








What I wore:

denim jacket blue ree red maxi skirt yellow cross body micro Regan bag SAMH Style | AwayFromBlue

Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff Micro Regan bag | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue instagram denim jacket red boho print maxi skirt converse yellow bag
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Feather pendant in peach (C/O)
TeeJeanswest two tone boxy oversized tee
Skirt: thrifted Billabong red printed maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

You can see how far apart I wore these by the length of Cooper's fur in the background here, before his clip! 😂 Red, yellow and blue made for an easy outfit. Although I think the oversized tee and voluminous maxi skirt together wasn't the best combination, I did really like the colours together.

I was sure I'd seen @mummawears on Instagram wearing a similar skirt with a denim jacket, so that was the inspiration for this outfit at first. After I looked it up to check though I realised she'd worn a chambray shirt with hers. I decided on a blue tee to try replicate the look, as I don't have a chambray shirt.

This was a nice comfortable outfit for running a few errands and going to my local ABA mum's group.

As I've shared this skirt 3 times now and I like to review everything I buy after wearing it twice:
I love this skirt. It is a little long, which I work around by just wearing it higher up my waist. Petite problems! I'm not sure if I'll just keep doing that or get it tailored, it has a slight high-low hemline so wouldn't be a simple job to take up. For $3 I am happy to just wear it a little higher! And I still have a lot of outfit ideas for this, it's so beautiful to wear. So pleased I stumbled across it.



Last worn: denim jacket (above), oversized blue tee, red printed maxi skirt (above), Converse, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and denim shorts, blue tee and blue skirt, red printed maxi skirt and black henley, Converse and red jeans, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan worn 30 ways.


Perfect for pregnancy: denim jacket and hidden baby bump, Converse and maternity shorts.




Red Maxi Skirts Under $50:








How You Can Wear It:


You don't have to stick to neutrals when putting an outfit together with a brightly coloured printed piece in your wardrobe like this maxi skirt. Red looks great with blue, and you can even add another colour like I did in the second outfit. The primary colours of red yellow and blue are an easy pairing and work well together.


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Friday, 22 September 2017

Maxi Dresses, Denim Jacket and Silver Mini MAC

Father's day weekend celebrations at the start of September meant the chance to dress up a little with my favourite maxi dresses. Maxi dress and denim jacket is a frequently worn outfit combo for both spring and autumn for me.

What I wore:

easy spring lunch outfit: ombre Gypsy 05 peach maxi dress denim jacket | Away From Blue

Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue instagram spring ombre gypsy 05 maxi dress outfit with denim jacket
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Feather pendant in peach (C/O)
DressGypsy 05 orange ombre maxi dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Wore this for to celebrate Father's day with the family and then the in-laws in the afternoon. I got lucky and even though we ate out for lunch we had takeaway for dinner. It was nice not to have to cook anything other than breakfast all day!

This dress is so beautiful, always gets a lot of love when I wear it. Pleased to have it in my wardrobe after my bestie tired of it and gave it to me. I liked how well the feather pendant matched the peach of the dress, and the silver mini MAC bag was a good neutral too.

I wore silver ballet flats with this too but they are a little tricky to see as the breeze kept catching the hem of the dress.


Last worn: denim jacket, ombre Gypsy 05 maxi dress, silver ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and purple jeans, ombre Gypsy 05 maxi dress and lace kimono, silver ballet flats and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC and leopard print jeans.


Perfect for pregnancy: denim jacket and black dress, ballet flats and maternity wrap dress, mini MAC and maternity tanks in third trimester.


Bright Maxi Dresses Under $50:







What I wore:

mothers en vogue havana pink maxi dress denim jacket LV scarf as belt spring brunch outfit | AwayFromBlue

pink maxi dress, bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue instagram easy spring breastfeeding outfit pink MEV maxi dress denim jacket
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
EarringsA Little Bit of North blue mandala earrings (giveaway prize, close up photo)
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace (C/O)
DressMEV Havana maxi dress C/O Zibibo
ScarfLouis Vuitton "comete" bandeau scarf (worn as belt)
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs howlite and hematite beaded bracelets
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

I wore this the day before as we had an early Father's Day brunch with my dad and family. We ended up sitting outside at the restaurant and it was such lovely weather I really didn't need my denim jacket on. A good start to spring.

You'll probably already know that this maxi dress is my favourite given how much I wear it! One of those treasured maternity pieces that works perfectly for breastfeeding too and so pretty that I continue to wear it even though those days are behind me. Nothing new here with this wearing! It's been worn many times with this denim jacket, and the colourful Louis Vuitton bandeau scarf as a belt is a favourite go-to outfit combination.

Just like the outfit above I wore the metallic silver mini MAC bag with this, silver was a good neutral with the colourful dress.

The good thing about maxi dresses is that they work for so many occasions - later that afternoon we had to go grocery shopping, no need to change into a different outfit!


Last worn: denim jacket (above), pink maxi dressLouis Vuitton bandeau, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff metallic mini MAC (above).

Other ways to weardenim jacket and shirt dress, maxi dress for a first birthday party, Louis Vuitton bandeau as a hairband, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in the office, Rebecca Minkoff metallic mini MAC and monochrome jeans outfits.


Perfect for pregnancy: denim jacket and hidden second trimester bump, pink maxi dress at 39 weeks pregnantLouis Vuitton bandeau over a second trimester bump, ballet flats and maternity pencil skirtmini MAC and third trimester maternity denim.




Denim Jackets Under $50:









How You Can Wear It:


Maxi dresses are perfect for summer, but it's so easy to wear them on a warm spring or autumn day by simply adding a denim jacket. A denim jacket is a classic outfit topper which looks good with all styles of dresses, definitely a must have piece for spring.


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Friday, 1 September 2017

What I Bought After a No Shop Challenge: The End of 7 Months Without Shopping

There's been a lot of interest in what I'd buy after I managed to complete not just the 6 months I'd planned but 7 months without shopping.

I'd had one big splurge planned but other than that I wasn't really sure what I wanted, as I tended to overthink most things I went to buy. I ended up making a few impulse buys. I've actually had quite a lot enter my wardrobe too, mainly from my sister's wardrobe clear out.

What was added to my wardrobe during my no-shop challenge:






What I Bought in August:










As you can see, only one of the things I bought was with one of my end-of-challenge gift cards. I'd asked for gift cards for Christmas and set them aside to spend at the end of my no-shop challenge. I just haven't seen anything I had to have that looked as good as I imagined when I tried it on (with the exception of the impulse buy polka dot tee, which is SO soft). With more spring and summer stock coming into the stores as winter ends I'm sure I'll have spent them before they expire in December. Being in Brisbane, winter clothing isn't a priority for me to buy as I tend to wear my summer pieces year-round, just with a few extra layers.


I still have my 'wear it twice in the month I bought it' rule to ensure that everything I buy and add to my wardrobe will work with what I already own. While there might have been a few impulse buys, I'd mostly been thinking about adding similar pieces for a while, and I've hit two wears on everything this month.

The Kmart dress is the only thing I bought full price. I probably could have waited for a sale, but seeing it while I was on my no-shop challenge and then starting to notice the stock levels falling in my local store made me go snap it up before I missed out quite quickly in August! It was only $15 so I'm not too upset I paid full price - still a bargain! And out of stock in my size now in my local Kmart so a good purchase.


The Starfish Project necklaces were an impulse buy too, I was a few days into August and hadn't bought anything yet when I stumbled across the brand on Instagram. From their website, 'the Starfish Project restores hope to women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia.' They provide shelter for women and their children, counselling and employment and education. For every piece on their website that you can buy, it tells you exactly what that money can do. The yellow Veronica necklace is equal to the cost of 5 days of room and board at the Starfish Project shelter. The turquoise Hannah necklace is is equal to the cost of 1 week of counseling for an exploited woman.

This isn't a sponsored post, I bought the necklaces with my own money - but I wanted to share as with Christmas coming up it's a lovely gift idea - especially as you get a little note with each purchase. A nice way to help someone look and feel good when they unwrap your gift on Christmas day! I may have added a gift for someone special to my order too...

How I Wore It:




thrifted billabong red printed maxi skirt / Jeanswest polka dot tee

Starfish Project turquoise necklace / thrifted mustard yellow cardigan / Kmart little black dress / Jeanswest polka dot tee




What I'm Buying in September:


I'm going to try Beth's #noSpenderSeptember now! With some hand-me-downs coming into my wardrobe during my no-shop challenge, and having bought a few pieces in August, I'm pretty wardrobe content at the moment. I still have a lot of gift cards to spend though so we will see what happens...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Plain Jersey Maxi Skirts and Striped Tops

The classic rule of 'you can't go wrong with stripes' is one I follow when I'm not sure what to wear. With my plain maxi skirts, a striped top is a great addition. Add in a few colourful layers and you have a comfortable and practical outfit stay at home mum outfit for running around with two toddlers.

What I wore:

denim jacket, stripe tee, drawstring waist maxi skirt blanket scarf | Away From Blue

Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey, maxi skirt | AwayFromTheBlue
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
ScarfMarc by Marc Jacobs scarf in Island pine-print
TopAtmos&Here 3/4 sleeve stripe tee in berry white
SkirtJeanswest Luxe jersey maxi skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver, 15% off both with code 'TREAT')
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey (on sale, 30% off!)
Nails: OPI Fire Escape Rendezvous

Why I wore it:

I've been playing along a little with #FMSPAD_STYLE style challenge on Instagram, which is taking the FMS picture a day challenges and making them style orientated. I posted this one for the letter 'G' due to the green in the scarf, but I'd actually worn it a few days before. I had a couple of errands to run with the boys and we had a relaxing morning which then translated to me rushing around the stores trying to fit everything in before lunch time, ha! At least I was comfortable with all the running around.

This striped tee is one of my favourites but it hasn't been worn much this winter. It was good to get it out again and it was a nice print to pair with the plain drawstring waist maxi skirt. The scarf was cosy for the cooler morning and I like the colour combo of the scarf with the burgundy stripes. I've worn it them together before.


Last worn: denim jacket, Marc Jacobs scarf, burgundy stripe tee, drawstring maxi skirt, Walnut Melbourne flats, Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and maxi dress, Marc Jacobs scarf and flares, burgundy stripe tee and skinny jeans, drawstring maxi skirt worn two ways, Walnut Melbourne flats and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini and colourful printed skirt.

Perfect for pregnancy: denim jacket and second trimester bump, printed scarf in early first trimester, striped tee in third trimester, ballet flats and maternity wrap dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAM and maternity pencil skirts.


Plain Maxi Skirts Under $50:






What I wore:

stripe henely, maxi skirt, mustard yellow cardigan, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan | Away From Blue

Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold | Away From The Blue
Jacket: thrifted SES Fashions mustard yellow cardigan
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Feather pendant in peach (C/O)
TopJeanswest 'Marina' stripe henley
Skirt: Target grey marle maxi skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

It was a quieter morning when I wore this. Again sticking with the plain maxi skirt and striped top combo, this time with my mustard yellow cardigan. If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen this cardi pop up a lot recently!

I've always admired mustard yellow cardigans on others and wanted to add one to my wardrobe, but never found the right one. Until a few months into my #6MonthsWithoutShopping challenge, when I saw the perfect cardigan at an opshop, for $2. I really wanted it but had to walk away to stick to my challenge. Every time I passed I'd see it and wish I could get it. Until one day, it was gone as someone else bought it. 😢

While taking some bags of clothes from mine and my sister's wardrobe to the opshop the other week I had a little browse on the racks and spotted this! Not the same style as the other cardigan I'd seen, and not in as good condition, but it does have pockets and it was also $2 so I'm happy! I like the colour it added to the otherwise neutral outfit. Although the Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan isn't an exact match to the mustard shade, I think they look nice together.


Last worn: striped henley, grey maxi skirt, metallic silver ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag.

Other ways to wearstriped henley and denim shorts, grey maxi skirt and black tee, metallic silver ballet flats and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag and floral dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: striped henley in third trimester, maxi skirt and graphic tee in third trimester




Long Sleeve Striped Tees Under $50:









How You Can Wear It:


You really can wear stripes with anything! A plain, block colour maxi skirt is a nice base for a printed top. If you want to add more you could try mixing stripes with another pattern with a scarf, or add a colourful layer with a cardigan and let the stripes be the only print in your outfit.




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